Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich.
Inept and manic English hotel owner and manager, Basil Fawlty, isn't cut out for his job. He's intolerant, rude and paranoid. All hell frequently breaks loose as Basil tries to run the hotel, constantly under verbal (and sometime physical) attack from his unhelpful wife Sybil, and hindered by the incompetent, but easy target, Manuel; their Spanish waiter. Written by
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He can't tell me anything about myself that I don't know already. All this Psychiatry's a load of tommyrot! You know what they say it's all connected with, don't you? Sex. What a load of cobblers!
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In the titles sequence of each episode, some of the letters on the Fawlty Towers sign are usually mixed up or missing altogether. The signs appear as follows: 1. Fawlty Towers 2. Fawlty Tower 3. Fawty Tower 4. Fawty Toer 5. Warty Towels 6. NO SIGN 7. Fawlty Tower 8. Watery Fowls 9. Flay Otters 10. Fatty Owls 11. Flowery Twats 12. Farty Towels See more »
If you were to look up some of the most hysterical moments on the BBC,
you would no doubtably come across two names. Those names would be John
Cleese and Ricky Gervais. While Gervais recently found comedy through
his program called 'The Office', Cleese has been providing wit, wisdom,
and down-right hysteria for the past several decades. While away from
his namesake (Monty Python), you can find Cleese comfortable in several
other roles that showcase his bubbling talent. One of those programs
just happens to be the funniest bit of crumpet called 'Fawlty Towers'.
Remembering this show when I was a child and was on our local PBS
station, I eagerly bought it when it was released on DVD about a year
ago. Since then, I have watched random episodes here and there but
never fully taking in the enjoyment from watching it all. So, today I
decided to sit down and watch this series from beginning to end and I
have yet to finish laughing. If this program doesn't define comic
genius, I don't know what does. Never have I witnessed a show that has
continually been fresh, hysterical (I cannot use that word enough),
real, and outlandish all at the same time. Normally, with our current
television programming, you need to pick or choose which it will be,
but thankfully 'Fawlty Towers' is all of these and many more.
Cleese remains in top form as Basil Fawlty, the owner/manager of the
B&B that just happens to have his hands and over-worked imagination in
everything. With the aid of his helpers Manuel (he's from Barcelona)
and Polly (co-writer Connie Booth and ex-wife of Cleese), Cleese always
seems to find himself in a heap of trouble with his wife Sybil (the
dragon of the hotel). Armed with physical humor and a snake-like
banter, we witness everything from a dead body, hotel inspectors, a
failed anniversary party, a moose head, and a Himalayan rodent of sorts
happen to this simple, everyday, B&B. This is not only a few of the
episodes you will find in the complete set, but also the daily stress
that Basil finds himself falling into daily.
This series, again, is hysterical. Cleese is the master of his trade
while proving that he can manage any task thrown in front of him. While
some will argue that he overshadows the rest of the cast, I would say
'hogwash' to that. My two favorite characters in this series were Major
and Manuel. The comedy that they provide cannot be found on television
today. All I need to say is thank God for the BBC.
Grade: ***** out of *****
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